Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS FEATURE -

At time of go­ing to print the Wairarapa coun­cils had opened pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, with a com­bined Wairarapa uni­tary coun­cil its pre­ferred op­tion.

Lower and Up­per Hutt city coun­cils were not in for­mal talks but were con­sid­er­ing amal­ga­ma­tion pro­pos­als dur­ing nor­mal meet­ings. We un­der­stand they in­tend to wait un­til Greater Welling­ton, Welling­ton and Porirua have made their pro­pos­als and then file a re­sponse.

Once the first pro­posal is lodged with the Lo­cal Government Com­mis­sion other par­ties and coun­cils will have 20 work­ing days to re­spond to it.

The com­mis­sion will de­velop a pro­posal, and con­sult the pub­lic on it. Re­sul­tant changes oc­cur un­less 10 per cent of any af­fected coun­cil con­stituency pe­ti­tioned for a ref­er­en­dum.

No change will oc­cur be­fore the next lo­cal body elec­tion, which will take place un­der ex­ist­ing bound­aries, but the term may be short­ened.

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